1. RELATIONSHIPS: Part of the allure is the quality of relationships he forms with the main characters and others - tension and all that good stuff.
2. BACK STORY: Part of it is his past. The more we learn about a man - where he came from, what he stands for - the more we understand what motivates him.
THE ARROGANT MALE, a.k.a The Womanizer
You know him. He's the one with hot car, the sharp clothes, the expensive cologne, and the women throwing themselves at his feet. He dismisses them with a wave of a hand. Everything he says irritates you. He's arrogant, and is a man who always gets what he wants. Typically, the female in the book doesn't want him back.
He's easily infuriated and often throws a tantrum, storming out.
He. Must. Have. Her.
THE MYSTERY GUY, a.k.a. Mr. Unattainable
He's the guy in the black coat with a five o'clock shadow and unruly hair. There's always immediate tension between him and the female lead, because he challenges her. It's the way he talks, moves in close with those magnetic eyes and puts his mouth to her ear, whispering something that leaves her frustrated.
She's angry that she fell for his seduction, as he chuckles and walks away.
But damn...we still want him.
THE BAD BOY, a.k.a The Naughty Hottie
He's usually numero uno on most women's lists. He's not afraid to tell it like it is. The bad boy always has a sharp tongue, quick wit, and is nail-bitingly sexy. When he fights, he has all the one-liners. Yet, he just pisses the woman off on every kind of level.
The relationship with him is a mutual partnership, and they often drive each other crazy. (Does Bones come to mind?) But beneath it all, there's a lot of tension and we usually have to wait for the coupling.
We don't know what he'll say or do next, but we love a shameless flirt.
Especially one in leather pants with a piercing.
THE SECOND FIDDLE
I feel for this guy, I really do. He's often the sidekick, the brother, the sub character that doesn't get the girl. Well, sometimes he does, but he has to give her back. We never get to know ENOUGH about him. This guy is a worthy male, but he's not going to be able to win her heart against the leading guy, no matter how much he proves himself.
Typically I've read him to be noble, brave, and always doing the right thing.
But, unfortunately, he knows when to walk away.
Girls love to fix things. In steps a male who is hostile, cold, and wounded. The woman tries to understand him, but he's unapproachable with his foul mouth; he hates women so he pulls away from her touch.
Yep, he's a fixer-upper. Damaged goods lived a hard life, and is unable to love, or have trusting friendships because he's grown cynical. Scarred, tattooed, dangerous, skilled with knives - he's everything your mother warned you about.
And we love them.
THE BARBARIAN, a.k.a. The Alpha MaleHe's the leader, get it straight, or he'll eff you up.
Can this guy even speak English? He grunts, he growls, he says words like "Mine."
Except in the bedroom, where he usually mutters something in an ancient language.
But beneath all the muscle, leather, and semi-automatic weapons, is a heart of gold.
Well, it usually takes a few ass kickings throughout the book before we get to that part.
What he lacks in the looks department, he always more than makes up for in his endowments.
THE PRETTY BOY, a.k.a The Slut
You know exactly who I'm talking about. Chiseled face, abs of steel, soft lips that were meant to be kissed, and the sex drive of a Greek God (which he's often compared to in the looks department)
This guy can relate to the Arrogant male on a few levels. But the difference is - he usually doesn't come from money. He's just too damn good-looking for his own good. Women shackle themselves to his feet and swear allegiance to the almighty locks of golden hair. He's a smartass, cocky as hell, and once again - the female wants nothing to do with him. He often inadvertently falls for a woman who is sub par in the looks department, and that's what makes him attractive to the reader. Hope for all of us!
Deep down we find out that he's hollow inside, because no one ever bothered to get to know him on a deeper level. Pass the kleenex, please.
This guy makes flowers and candy look like the work of peasants and fools. He's the wooer, the one who sweeps you off your feet and wants to show you the world. He wants to fix YOU, because you're the one pushing away. His gift comes in the forms of sunsets on top of the most unreachable mountain top, rose petals over a bath, an expensive meal on top of a 20 story building with a violinist off on the side somewhere.He is Mr. Sensitive.
He's the guy who will take your breath away.
He also needs to keep it in check or he'll end up as Second Fiddle Guy...
So, when it comes to the men in your novels, who do you like to read?